Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Finance
Covid-19 Pandemic Supports
68. To ask the Minister for Finance if there is a delay in approving the grant for vehicles for transport under the drivers and passengers scheme during the Covid-19 crisis; and the reason for the delay in the case of a person (details supplied). [5793/20]
I am advised by Revenue that there is currently no delay in processing applications under the Drivers and Passengers with Disabilities Scheme or the associated Fuel Grant Scheme. The processing of applications for the latter scheme is administered by Revenue on behalf of the Department of Finance, which makes the relevant payments.
Revenue has however confirmed that the changes introduced in the Finance Act to increase the rate of fuel grant, required some IT development work, which led to initial delays earlier this year.
An application for the Fuel Grant was received from the person in question on 15 January 2020. This application was processed and forwarded to the Department of Finance for payment on 2 March 2020 and was paid as part of the fuel grant payment process in March 2020.